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M&G GameTime Preview: Flames Visit Avalanche

Doug Pensinger

Tonight at 7PM MST, the Colorado Avalanche will host the Calgary Flames at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. Tonight marks the last of three contests this season between the two. Colorado won each of the first two matches, 4-2 in Denver on November 8th, and 3-2 at the Saddledome on December 6th. Calgary is currently riding a four game losing streak - totaling one goal in their last 240 minutes of ice time. The four games closed out a five game homestand with a 1-4-0 record. Tonight marks the first game of a short two-game roadtrip for the Flames. They'll travel to Phoenix to play the Coyotes tomorrow night. Colorado is playing in the fifth game of a seven game homestand. They started out with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on December 29th before winning their last three straight. They defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-3 on New Year's Eve, the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1 on January 2nd, and the San Jose Sharks, 4-3 on Saturday.

On December 6th, the Avalanche defeated the Flames in Calgary, 3-2. Kris Russell and Matt Stajan tallied markers for Calgary, while Kari Ramo stopped 22-of-25 shots in a losing effort. Nathan MacKinnon, PA Parenteau, and Maxime Talbot lit the lamp for Colorado, while Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 26 shots for the win. * Full Recap * Box Score

Avalanche @ Flames Highlights 12/06/13 (via NHL)

Ladislav Smid spoke glowingly of Ramo afterward:

He has been amazing for us, I thought, the last few games. Colorado had so many other chances and he was really, really good for us. He doesn't have to blame himself. There's another five players that have to help him.

For more on the Avs, head over to Mile High Hockey.

In Calgary's last action, the Tampa Bay Lightning took a 2-0 decision at the Saddledome. Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov scored for the Bolts, while Ben Bishop blanked the Flames on 19 shots. Karri Ramo looked good despite taking the loss, stopping 27-of-29 shots. * Full Recap * Box Score

Lightning @ Flames Highlights 01/03/14 (via NHL)

Lee Stempniak spoke with the media afterward:

It's not a recipe to win games. It's really frustrating. We definitely feel like we're letting the goaltenders down. They've played great. Every game, they've kept us in it and given us a chance. It's frustrating. It's hard. It's definitely a disappointing feeling for the 18 skaters out there letting them down.

For all the Bolts you can handle, head over to Raw Charge.

In Colorado's last game, the Avalanche defeated the visiting San Jose Sharks, 4-3. Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, while Erik Johnson and Jamie McGinn also lit the lamp. Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots for the win. Patrick Marleau had a goal and two helpers for the Sharks, while Alex Stalock and Antti Niemi combined to stop 17-of-21 shots. * Full Recap * Box Score

Sharks @ Avalanche Highlights 01/04/14 (via NHL)

Nathan MacKinnon spoke later:

We obviously don't want to let them back in the game like that. They're a team that pushed hard. They came close, but thankfully we hung on to get the win. [Varlamov] really bailed us out, like he usually does when we get the win. It was a very intense last couple of minutes but thankfully we managed to hang on.

Fear the Fin has your Sharks.

GameTime: 7PM MST

TV: SNET-W,ALT

Season Series: Calgary is 0-2-0 against the Avalanche this season.

All-Time Series: The Flames are 66-55-20-7 all time against Colorado, a .537 points percentage.

Milestones

Mark Giordano needs two points to tie Doug Risebrough in 43rd on the Flames all-time leaderboard, with 169.

With his next penalty, Mike Cammalleri will become the 150th player in Flames history to accrue 100 minutes in the box.

Flames Leaders

Games: Jiri Hudler, TJ Brodie, Chris Butler - 41

Goals: Mike Cammalleri - 12, Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan - 11

Assists: Jiri Hudler - 22, Mark Giordano, Kris Russell - 12

Points: Jiri Hudler - 33, Mike Cammalleri - 20, Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan - 17

Penalty Minutes: Brian McGrattan - 54, Shane O'Brien - 46, Tim Jackman - 41

Shots-on-Goal: Mike Cammalleri - 104, Lee Stempniak - 98, Mikael Backlund - 75

Faceoffs: Matt Stajan (283-for-584) - 48.5%, Joe Colborne (181-for-383) - 47.3%, Mikael Backlund (275-for-585) - 47.0%

Blocked Shots: Chris Butler - 107, Kris Russell - 15, TJ Brodie - 71

Hits: David Jones - 76, Lance Bouma - 72, Ladislav Smid - 62

This Date in Flames History

The Flames are 9-5-2 on January 6th's throughout history.

1973 - Flames 2, Blues 2
1974 - Rangers 5, Flames 2
1976 - Red Wings 4, Flames 3
1978 - Flames 5, Flyers 3
1979 - Rangers 5, Flames 5
1983 - Flames 5, Jets 1
1988 - Flames 6, Jets 1
1996 - Flames 2, Panthers 0
1998 - Flames 3, Avalanche 1
2000 - Blackhawks 5, Flames 2
2001 - Kings 5, Flames 0
2004 - Flames 3, Islanders 2
2006 - Flames 1, Maple Leafs 0
2007 - Flames 4, Stars 2
2009 - Flames 5, Sharks 2
2010 - Wild 4, Flames 1

Probable Starting Lineups

Flames

Forwards
Michael Cammalleri - Mikael Backlund - Jiri Hudler
Paul Byron - Sean Monahan - David Jones
Lance Bouma - Matt Stajan - Brian McGrattan
TJ Galiardi - Joe Colborne - Kevin Westgarth

Defensemen
TJ Brodie - Mark Giordano
Ladislav Smid - Dennis Wideman
Chris Butler - Shane O'Brien

Goalies
Karri Ramo - Reto Berra

Avalanche

Forwards
Gabriel Landeskog - Paul Stastny - Ryan O'Reilly
Jamie McGinn - Matt Duchene - Max Talbot
Cody McLeod - John Mitchell - Nathan MacKinnon
Brad Malone - Marc-Andre Cliche - Patrick Bordeleau

Defensemen
Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson
Cory Sarich - Andre Benoit
Nate Guenin - Nick Holden

Goalies
Semyon Varlamov - Jean-Sebastian Giguere

Thanks for reading. Check back later for the GameThread, going live at 8PM.

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